Critique Meeting (West side/PM)


***Just a note to the regulars.  Please remember to RSVP so everyone else knows how many copies to bring.***

Looking for a little feedback on your writing? If so, join us for our biweekly critique group.


All meetups will be at the Barnes and Noble on Rainbow and Lakemead. You will find us in the cafe area giving people the stink-eye so they will bend to our will and donate their table to the cause.


We will meet at 5p to socialize and lament the traffic. Critiquing will begin at 5:30.


Anyone who is willing to read other people's writing and offer constructive feedback on how it can improve. You do not need to bring a writing sample to attend. However, we all must follow the Be Nice rule, which states - BE NICE!!

If we have more than 25 people sign up, there will be a waiting list. If you RSVP and can't make it for any reason, that's not a problem at all. Please just CANCEL YOUR RSVP so we can open up that spot for the waiting list.


This is important. Well, so was the rest of it, but you get the idea.

If you are going to share your writing, you are welcomed to bring a submission from any genre. Please double space or 1.5 space your work so it is readable. The average person can read between 1,200-2,000 words in 10 minutes, so use that as your guide for length.

If your submission is not the beginning of a story, please include a small paragraph to help your reader find their feet when reading your submission.

Plan on bringing up to 10 copies of your work. Once we reach our 11th group member, we will divide into two groups and then three groups at 21, so you should never need more than 10 copies. You are welcome to check the RSVP count to determine how many copies you need or just bring 10 copies.


What we do is spend 10 minutes all reading the same submission and then discuss it as a group. You do not need to read your submission aloud.


That depends on how many people are in each group, but it seems like we are usually heading out around 8p or so.

Okay. I think that's it. If you have any questions, fee free to email Melonie Purcell through this site. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

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  • Aileen Z.

    Because only four people showed up, I received lots of help on my project. I really appreciate the help and the level of attention and expertise.

    September 10, 2013

  • Carlos P.

    Small but still wonderfully helpful group. Sorry if the weather kept anyone away. Hope to see everybody again on the 23rd.

    September 10, 2013

    • Melonie

      Glad you were able to make it and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

      September 10, 2013

  • Mike K.

    Unfortunately, I had to leave before the session started. I had something come up at home. Hope to meet you all later.

    September 9, 2013

  • Melonie

    Hello everyone. Regretfully, I will not be at the group tonight. Very sorry. I am excited to see some new faces signed up and assure you that there will be plenty of regulars at tonight's meetup to make you feel welcomed. See you all in two weeks!

    September 9, 2013

  • fred p.

    fred pope

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Helen O.

    So sorry I couldn't make yesterday's meetup; car was completely fubared. But after the application of almost $1,000, Voila! the she-beast is up and running again! Sorry I said I'd be there and couldn't. Hope you all enjoyed. Helen

    August 27, 2013

    • Melonie

      Well we hope to see you at the next one and sorry about your needy she-beast. Ouch!

      September 5, 2013

  • Aileen Z.

    I was in Michigan for the month of August, so look forward to seeing everyone again and hearing their very insightful and helpful remarks about my work. I enjoy everyone's help and pleasant companionship.

    1 · September 4, 2013

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